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New report finds extreme poverty pushes people to food bank doors

New research reveals people forced to food banks at start of pandemic faced extreme poverty, with just £248 a month to survive on after housing costs. Today, we welcome the Trussell Trust’s State of Hunger 2021, an expert study shedding light on groups of people across the UK disproportionately affected by hunger and the drivers behind food bank […]

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‘The boost to Universal Credit has been a godsend’

Today the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty published its report calling for the government to keep the £20/week uplift to Universal Credit, and extend it to legacy benefits (which didn’t receive this Covid-19 boost). The report recognises that UK unemployment benefits are some of the lowest in Europe, and suggests that ‘…if the uplift […]

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Foodbank centre leader helps vaccinate local people

We’re so proud of our colleague Sue who is volunteering as a Covid-19 vaccinator in a church hall in Tooting. In normal times, Sue leads our food bank centre in Furzedown. But while our centres are closed and we’re doing home deliveries, Sue is using her skills as a retired hospital consultant and retired vicar […]

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Find help if you’re facing hardship this lockdown

If you’re facing hardship and can’t afford to buy the food you need this week, we’re here to help. There are three main ways to be referred to our Foodbank: Many local schools, GPs, children’s centres, mental health teams, housing associations can refer local people to Wandsworth Foodbank, so do ask someone that you’re in […]

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We’ll keep supporting local people through this new lockdown

As we face rising Covid cases across the capital and a new lockdown, we know food banks like ours will sadly be busier than ever. Across Wandsworth, we’ve been supporting a growing number of local households who’ve been swept into severe hardship by loss of jobs or hours, illness, and benefit payments that aren’t covering […]

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Christmas Eve at the food bank

We wish no one needed to use a food bank, but there was a lot of joy today to be able to ease a little of the hardship and stress for more than 70 households across Wandsworth borough, who’d been referred to us this week. One mother we delivered to texted us this afternoon to […]

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A brief look back at 2020 in our new report

Covid-19 has shone a harsh light on already-existing causes of poverty and food bank use. We hope this new report, Covid-19: A view from the Foodbank, will help to shine a light on how we can help protect people in Wandsworth from further hardship, together. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen the need […]

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Coconuts (and other unexpected blessings)

This week has been full of unexpected but completely on-time blessings. Lovely fruit juice from Pip Organic, just as we’re running low on juice. Lemons and other fruit and veg from Fareshare (we needed a lemon to go with a science kit for an 8-year-old child). Not our standard ask, but important for the 8-year-old […]

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Our Christmas opening times

We’ll be delivering emergency food and essential toiletries to local people up to and including Thursday 24 December. We’re asking all our referral partners to complete e-referrals for individuals and families in severe hardship by 5pm on Tuesday 22 December, so that we can make sure everyone referred to us has a delivery in time for […]

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Busiest November ever, but help could be on the way

Last month was our busiest November since we opened our doors in 2013. We provided more than 1000 seven-day emergency food supplies to local people referred to us in severe hardship – 4 in 10 were for children. This was a 128% increase compared to November 2019. We’re so grateful to everyone who’s continuing to […]

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